AT&T have announced they are in advanced talks with power companies, among others, to trail the telecommunications giants new 5G infastructer AirGig.
Invented in AT&T Labs, AirGig leverages existing power line infrastructure to help solve connectivity issues for rural and global markets – a technology that is key to AT&T’s 5G evolution.
From AT&T’s press release:
AT&T* is in advanced discussions with power companies and others to trial Project AirGig in at least two locations by this fall. One location will be in the United States with others to be determined in the coming months.
AT&T has experimented with this unique, patented broadband-over-power lines (BPL) technology at our outdoor facility for some time with positive results. These results led to our development of new innovations like the Radio Distributed Antenna System (RDAS). Now, we’re closer to taking our trials to the next level.
“We are looking forward to begin testing the possibilities of AT&T Labs’ invention for customers and utility companies,” said Andre Fuetsch, president of AT&T Labs and chief technology officer. “AT&T is focused on delivering a gigabit-per-second speed everywhere we can with our wired and wireless technologies. Project AirGig represents a key invention in our 5G Evolution approach. AT&T Labs is ‘writing the textbook’ for a new technology approach that has the potential to deliver benefits to utility companies and bring this multi-gigabit, low-cost internet connectivity anywhere there are power lines – big urban market, small rural town, globally.”
In the last several years, we’ve seen staggering usage growth on our wireless network – data has increased about 250,000% since 2007, and the majority of that traffic is video. This trend is not going to stop, with the rise of 4K mobile video streaming, augmented and virtual reality, smart homes and cities, autonomous vehicles and more. And we’re working to provide connectivity everywhere, so our customers can enjoy these technologies seamlessly, wherever they are.
Early this year, we provided an outlook on our 5G Evolution and other initiatives to provide ultra-fast Internet access. We’re working to develop and enhance several access technologies.
To find out more about this, you can read the entire press release HERE.